Somerset Women End Season in Style

Somerset’s Women’s team closed their short season with a double header T20 day at Taunton Vale recently.

Put in by near neighbours Devon, Ellie Mitchell started brightly with several boundaries. However, the introduction of the parsimonious Harman and Squire saw runs hard to come by, bowling seven overs between them for just 22 runs. Niamh Holland (25), back from Western Storm duties, and Jess Hazell (29) battled hard before Daisy Jeanes (28 not out) struck useful late boundaries in her innings.

The final total of 102 looked somewhat below par and the opening Devonians, Edgcombe and Corney, rode their luck several times in a stand of 79 which effectively broke the back of their task. Georgia Tulip was the most successful of the bowlers with two wickets for 18, with a wicket apiece for Mitchell and Jodie Filer as the visitors ran out winners by six wickets.

In the later game against Gloucestershire, who had narrowly beaten a young Somerset side a fortnight ago, the team showed that they had learned from previous games. Fielding first the bowlers were changed frequently and in very short spells, not allowing the batters to settle at any time. Mitchell again showed her usefulness in this format with a tidy one wicket for 13 off her four overs.

Tilly Bond, Alice Bird and Lola Harris were also particularly economical as Gloucestershire found scoring difficult. Forecast, batting at 3, notched up a dogged 51 in a final total of 111. Eminently gettable on the smaller ground if Somerset could increase their scoring rate from the morning.

Mitchell (21 off 20) continued her impact on the game, getting the chase off to a good start with Emma Godman, who fell with the score on 33. Holland (44 not out from 38) took the game to the bowlers, ably supported by Hazell once more (23 off 25), as the hosts won by seven wickets.

Dave Roberts, Head Coach of the team, had mentioned previously the team was without several of the more experienced players who were either busy with Western Storm or unavailable with other commitments. As such these late summer games have offered a great opportunity for some of the age group players to experience playing senior cricket for the first time and to see if they could step up to the level required.

The fact that they have been able to do so is testament to both their talent, temperament and the fact that the age groups have managed to play competitive fixtures against other counties in what has been the most challenging season any of us can remember. Without the considerable effort of all the support staff and Coaches this wouldn’t have been possible and is reflected in any on field success.

The lessons learned and feedback will now provide material for winter training programmes throughout the Pathway and should give us the basis of a strong 2021 when we all hope that cricket can once again return to “normal!”

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